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Woakes accentuates the positives

Woakes accentuates the positives

Chris Woakes was not too downhearted following England’s shock warm-up defeat against a New Zealand XI.

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England suffer warm-up loss

England suffer warm-up loss

England suffered an unexpected defeat as BJ Watling's second half-century of the match earned a New Zealand XI victory at the Queenstown Event Centre.

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Prior backs Compton and Pietersen

Prior backs Compton and Pietersen

Matt Prior is unconcerned by Nick Compton and Kevin Pietersen’s inability to produce meaningful contributions ahead of the first Test against New Zealand.

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England overcome wobble

England overcome wobble

England ended the penultimate day of their only Test warm-up match, against a New Zealand XI, in good shape to push for victory despite a relatively disappointing batting display.

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Broad pleased with progress

Broad pleased with progress

Rob Barnett

Stuart Broad feels in good shape as he presses for a Test recall ahead of the three-game series with New Zealand.

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Late breakthroughs boost England

Late breakthroughs boost England

Two late wickets gave England the initiative after the second day versus a New Zealand XI at Queenstown. Jonathan Trott and Graeme Swann struck in the last pair of overs to leave the hosts 224 for six at stumps in reply to 426 all out.

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Bell happy with Queenstown pitch

Bell happy with Queenstown pitch

Centurion Ian Bell was pleased to play on a sporting wicket ahead of the Test series with New Zealand.

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Bell tolls on day one of warm-up

Bell tolls on day one of warm-up

Ian Bell struck a chanceless unbeaten century to stamp England’s authority after they were put into bat by a New Zealand XI at Queenstown.

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Kiwis not to be underestimated - Bell

Kiwis not to be underestimated - Bell

Ian Bell knows from personal experience that Test-series victories in New Zealand must be earned the hard way.

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Root stays grounded in Queenstown

Root stays grounded in Queenstown

Joe Root is playing it safe in New Zealand's adrenaline-rush capital, just to make sure he is ready for action if selected for his second Test cap.

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